A survival sweep
Mavs do just enough to win doubleheader vs. Christian
It wasn’t easy, but the Colorado Mesa University baseball team finally won a series opener for the first time this season.
The Mavericks rallied to defeat Colorado Christian University 9-7 in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Suplizio Field, then pushed across a run in their final at-bat for a 1-0 victory in the nightcap.
“We survived the day with a couple wins,” CMU coach Chris Hanks said. “I don’t know if we necessarily deserved them, but we got them so we’ll take them.”
Braden Box came through with a two-out, RBI double to score Tamatoa Demello from second base in Mesa’s final at-bat of the seven-inning game for the only run.
Box’s game-winning hit came after Colorado Christian intentionally walked Erik Kozel.
“They actually intentionally walked Kozel the at-bat before I had (in the fifth inning), and I didn’t drive in a run,” Box said. “All I was thinking was, ‘Not twice. You’re not going to get me out twice, especially with a runner in scoring position.’ “
Garrett Carpenter (1-0) picked up the victory in relief of Matt Williams. Carpenter came in with two on and two out in the top of the seventh and got a strikeout.
“I knew the situation and why they put (Carpenter) in,” Williams said. “I knew Carp was going to go in there with matchup lefty versus lefty and would get the out. It’s confidence and trust.”
Williams was good again, but left without a decision. In his four starts this season, the Mavericks have scored two runs.
“Matt Williams pitched lights out,” Hanks said. “I’d say he’s doing his part. We need to pick it up.”
The senior allowed four hits, no walks and struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings.
“Matt’s always ready to go,” Box said. “We try to get behind him. It’s a shame we don’t get him runs earlier. Every time he’s on the mound, we’re ready to go. He works fast and works quick innings.”
Williams, who had a no-hitter through five innings two weeks ago, relied on establishing his fastball against the Cougars. One inning, he threw three pitches to get three outs.
The Mavericks (8-4, 2-0 RMAC) overcame four errors and a 5-2 deficit to win the first game 9-7.
“They’re better (than in years past),” Hanks said of the Cougars. “I don’t necessarily think we were sharp, and that’s my fault. I don’t want to take anything away from them, because they were good.”
Colorado Christian (0-9, 0-2 RMAC) scored four unearned runs on three errors and a wild pitch to take a 4-0 lead in the second inning.
“You could tell in the first game we lacked sharpness right out of the gate,” Hanks said. “Every kid we inserted in the lineup in the second inning contributed to help us win. The good thing is we have depth. I told guys if they are not sharp, we will change. It’s not personal. We’re trying to win.”
Colorado Mesa rallied for four runs in the fourth.
With one run in and two runners on, Box beat out a bunt. One run scored and another came home on a throwing error trying to get Box at first. Carpenter’s single scored Box, giving the Mavericks a 6-5 lead. The Mavs picked up a run in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings.
Nolan Snell (2-1) allowed seven runs (three earned) on five hits and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings.
Carpenter struck out two in the ninth for this third save of the season.
Spencer Weinberg picked up his first singles win in his first collegiate match, but it wasn’t enough for the Mavericks to defeat No. 13 Grand Canyon University. The Antelopes defeated Colorado Mesa 7-2.
Weinberg defeated Yann Kaelin 2-6, 7-5, (12-10) at No. 2 singles. Freshman Andres Garcia-Rojas picked up the other victory for the Mavericks with a 6-4, 2-6, (12-10) win at No. 3 singles.
The No. 13 Grand Canyon’s women’s team swept the Mavericks 9-0.
The CMU men swept Arizona Christian, including Taylor Macres’ 5-7, 6-3, (10-4) victory at No. 4 singles, and the women won five singles matches to defeat the Firestorm 8-1.